photo by Antara
A foreigner from Spain with the initials GASV was arrested by Badung Police, Bali, for planting marijuana trees in a villa on Jalan Karang Suwung, Tibubeneng Village, North Kuta, Bali.
“There were 17 cannabis-type narcotics seeds weighing 2.18 grams gross or 0.22 grams net and the total number of marijuana-type narcotic trees 19 trees,” said the Head of the Badung Police Narcotics Unit, Budi Artama.
The disclosure of this cannabis cultivation activity was possible by the collaboration between the Denpasar Customs and Excise Office and the Badung Police. It started in the post office on November 30 with the suspicion about the envelope from Barcelona to GASV.
“It was by the recipient by GASV. After that, we performed the development in the villa,” he added.
The police arrested the perpetrator and during interrogation, the perpetrator admitted that he bought the marijuana seeds from a person named Toni in Spain. Police immediately searched the perpetrator’s villa and on the second floor in the bathroom found 19 cannabis plants.
The police secured the evidence as 1 led light lamp, 1 room humidity measuring device, 1 air cooler fan, and 1 clear plastic box, containing 3 packs of organic fertilizer marked Bat Guano.
The 19 marijuana trees planted varied in size from one meter to 60 cm. The marijuana was grown by placing it in a plastic cup and a trash can was used as a growing medium.
“We have found no one who bought it. And the plants haven’t been harvested, they’re still intact. The modus operandi is the hydroponic home industry,” said Budi.
The perpetrator had lived in Bali for 20 years and also had a Permanent Residence Permit Card (Kitap) in Bali.
The perpetrator was charged with Article 111 Paragraph 2 and Article 113 of the Law. RI. No. 35 of 2009, concerning narcotics with a threat of life imprisonment or imprisonment for a minimum of five years and a maximum of 20 years with a fine of IDR 800 million to IDR 8 billion.